In which I have an announcement

So you know how for years people have been asking when Lady Julia was going to be made into a TV series and I always said, “I don’t know”? Well, now I do. I am THRILLED to announce that the Julia Grey series has been optioned by Barry Ryan at Free@Last TV! I’m sorry, I just had to put that last bit in bold because IT IS SO FREAKING FABULOUS. I know you’re going to have a barrel of questions, most of which I still can’t answer, but I’ll take a stab at what I suspect will be the FAQs:

*I have no idea/input about casting. (That’s entirely in Barry’s capable hands.)

*I don’t know a timeline. (It’s early days yet!)

*I don’t know about US television. (Free@Last plans to make it as a series for British television and hopefully sell it on to other markets–which means it’s entirely possible for it to end up here, but again–early days!)

*This does not mean more Lady Julia books. (At least not yet. Is it possible? Certainly, if the series gets made and goes gangbusters, I might have publishers knocking down my door to bring back the series. WHICH WOULD BE LOVELY. But at this stage, we can’t count on anything.)

And there’s the usual caveat that an option doesn’t mean a series is definitely being made. Production companies frequently purchase options of things they would LIKE to make; doesn’t mean they always get the opportunity. A million and one factors come into play in creating a TV series that actually airs and the process can go awry at any stage. However, Barry has an excellent track record of shepherding his projects through–his latest is the Agatha Raisin series by M. C. Beaton!

So, there you go, chickens–AMAZING, WONDERFUL, STUPENDOUS news! This deal has been in the works since last April and we just popped the cork a week ago, so it’s been a long time coming. I am beyond thrilled that I can finally tell you. Let the celebrations commence!

39 thoughts on “In which I have an announcement”

  1. Blake says:

    I can’t even. 😉 A million congratulations! XO

  2. Ali says:

    SO EXCITED. And so happy for you, D! I literally just Muppet flailed and told everyone in my office within shouting distance. Not kidding. haha Congrats!

    1. Monique says:

      Oh my gosh! I just did the exact same thing… and had to explain to my co-workers why. I’ll just have to make them read it as well!

  3. Fabulous news! This might make we watch TV again! You go, girl!

  4. Tracy says:

    So AWESOME!!!

  5. If I didn’t have an appointment in an hour, I’d break out the bubbly! Congratulations, Deanna!

  6. Gayle Etherington says:

    This is amazing! The Lady Julia Grey series is perfect for television and as far as I am concerned, nobody does this type of storytelling better than British. Can’t wait to see who is cast ….please don’t leave out Portia’s dog and Grim! I only hope we here, in the Great White North have the privilege of seeing it. So happy for you and also glad for all of us who are fans of these wonderful books.

  7. Gail Sauer says:

    I am absolutely thrilled for you!!!

  8. Gayatri Khosla says:

    Fabulous! Couldn’t be happier. Congratulations and very best always…

  9. Fantastic news! So very pleased and excited for you! I really hope everything goes swimmingly and we get it soon, more people should be introduced to Lady Julia!

  10. Nicki Golding says:

    This is fabulous news!!! I’m also really really overjoyed that it’s a British production company as that means it’s more likely to be seen by my eyes (unlike the Outlander series which isn’t available here yet.). Hurrah and much clapping of hands! Now it’s just a case of bugging your UK publisher to reprint the Julia Grey novels. *flexes knuckles* I’m on the case. 🙂

  11. Valerie Ward says:

    Masterpiece Mystery! Perfect.Love those characters.

  12. Beth says:

    Wonderful! Something brilliant to watch besides Sherlock and Miss Fisher! 🙂

  13. Lisa Mireles says:

    Congratulations Deanna! So happy to see all the amazing things that have and will come your way. Always cheering you on from Texas!!!

  14. What a great nugget of news to start my day. Big congrats. Well deserved.

  15. Congratulations Deanna! I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the series gets made and that Hayley Atwell plays Lady Julia.

  16. Lisa says:

    Happy dance! Lady Julia is very dear to me, so this makes me beyond happy! Gotta love good news from a fellow daughter of TX.

  17. Heather Wheat says:

    Amazing! Congratulations, and I am so happy for you!

  18. Kim says:

    Congratulations! That’s great news. I read your asterisk, but I’m still hoping it leads to more Lady Julia books someday.

  19. Patricia says:

    Dreams come true! Yours and ours! Congratulations!

  20. Nancy Kvorka says:

    Great news! This would be a great Masterpiece Mystery series.

  21. suzanne says:

    Wonderful news!!!

  22. Kerrie Howard says:

    that is fabulous, stupendous news!!! I know there’s many a slip twixt the cup and the lip but it’s a grand beginning! Sending positive vibes that all goes well and it won’t be too long before it really happens and shortly after it’s out in Britain it makes its way to the states!!

  23. Libby Dodd says:

    I hope this is what it takes to push the publishers to demand more stories.
    Best of luck.

  24. Harriette says:

    This is wonderful ! The Agatha Raisin series by M.C. Beaton was brought to British tv by this man, so you must be in good hands. Here’s great hopes that all tick tocks along as planned.

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  26. Pat Dupuy says:

    That is such good news! I hope it works out to everyone’s satisfaction.

  27. Patricia Franzino says:

    That’s sensational, Deanna! Congratulations! I hope everything comes through with this in Britain, and I would love to see it here in the US! Yay! More power to Lady Julia!

  28. Mary M. says:

    Congrats! Tremendous news!

  29. Penelope Haines says:

    Congratulations. We look forward to seeing it in New Zealand.

  30. Jaye says:

    I am so thrilled to hear this and for you! This is such great news. I am crossing my fingers for more Lady Julia books as well. Congratulations.

  31. Michelle says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! I’m so excited for you and for us!!

  32. SuzanneH says:

    What fabulous news! Congratulations!! I am thrilled that it is a British production as that means we will get it in Australia. We do get a lot of US productions but still manage to miss out on a lot too.

  33. Lisa G says:

    Congratulations!Well deserved!
    I’m so happy for you and cannot wait to watch Lady Julia! (And Brisbane of course!)

  34. Lynne says:

    Holy Cow! I’m so excited for you! After the UK, Masterpiece Mystery on PBS. It would be perfect for them!

  35. Angela Penfold says:

    Yay for you – how exciting. Really enjoying reading the comments 🙂

  36. Sali cranleigh says:

    Wow slaggy that’s amazing!

  37. Kim says:

    This is fabulous! I was just recommending the Lady Julia books to someone the other day and saying how I wish it was a TV show or film… let the fantasy casting begin 😉

  38. Jessica (the celt) says:

    I clapped at this news, because I’m so excited. Congratulations! This is awesome even if it doesn’t end up being made, because now I have hope that it will be — and that it will end up here in the U.S. for those of us dying for more JG!

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